The 83rd Academy Awards – Results

(If you just want the results, scroll down past the wittering to the last section – oh, and my predictions were totally off)

The 2011 Oscars

So the awards season has peaked with the Oscars and the results are in – The King’s Speech was the big winner. It took home Best Film, Best Director for Tom Hooper and Best Actor for Colin Firth. Natalie Portman picked up an Oscar for Black Swan, Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor, Aaron Sorkin deservedly picked up Best Adapted Script and evil witch Melissa Leo stole the Best Supporting Actress from Hailee Steinfeld who was in the wrong category anyway.

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Genkina hito predicts the 2011 BAFTA Awards

With the BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) due to take place on the 13th February, the British film industry gets a chance to wave the flag for British talent and reward films from the rest of the world. The issue of what is or isn’t a British film depends upon the amount of British involvement but it is safe to say that Britain had a good year (apart from the UK Film Council getting axed).

Anyway, here’s what I think should win. When the results are read out on BBC One I’ll be able to compare and contrast. In the meantime I’ll probably change my mind after watching a few more films but first… 

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Witnessing the Filming of Doctor Who Spin-Off: The Sarah Jane Adventures

Okay, awkward title, I know but I managed to see the Doctor Who spin-off: The Sarah Jane Adventures filming. What was more awesome was that I got pictures and an autograph from Daniel Anthony (Clyde) :

Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer
Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer


and Anjli Mohindra (Rani):

Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra)
Anjli Mohindra as Rani Chandra


 The two were hard at work and, despite looking like they were freezing to death, they were both really cool to the fans who showed up and stuck around. Thanks go out to the two of them.

A Very British Political Crisis Resolved: David Cameron is Prime Minister

How do you know this is a British political crisis? Because there are well-practiced procedures and precedents whilst discussions take place. Any other country and there would be angry protestors, violence and running gun-battles with troops on the street. Now, it is at an end and Gordon Brown has resigned.

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The Ghost

The Ghost is one of the best films of the year. This will resonate more with a British audience who were disappointed by Blair after he seemingly sold us out to the Americans for reasons the public are still split. Its politics are thuddingly preposterous but it still excels as a masterwork in the suspense-thriller genre.

The Ghost
Politicians Have Never Looked So Good

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Totally Addictive Flash Games- Fig. 8.

Whenever I hear an accordion I feel French. I can’t explain it but I just do. I never saw or heard one while in the country but that’s the power of stereotyping. Anyway, here’s a Flash game where you are a bike fleeing the left side of the screen and the closest I’ll ever get to being French without having to go back to the place.


Fig.8 Screenshot
Sir Norman Foster's Favourite Game

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Doctor Who Series 5 Press Launch

Doctor Who usually appears in people’s lives by chance, and so it was with me as on Thursday 18th March 2010, I met the 11th Doctor and his assistant.

I had gone to the cinema on a Thursday instead of a Friday as originally planned. I had just seen Alice in Wonderland in 3D (review to come). As I was leaving the cinema, I chanced to notice people putting up posters with the BBC logo, Doctor Who logo, Doctor and Assistant. Why would a cinema be screening the new Doctor Who?

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Sally Potter’s Rage

Ever heard of Sally Potter? Ever wanted to watch a mobile phone film?  Ever wanted to see Jude Law turned into a woman?

Chances are the answer to all three is no, unless you are a film nerd or a regular reader of Sight and Sound. It was through Sight and Sound that I have discovered her latest film, Rage.

Jude Law in Rage
A Guilty Gear Bridget Moment

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